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This process resulted in a total of 15 new townships:

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This process resulted in a total of 15 new townships: of which, to date, 7 are still in existence.

(A) of which, to date, 7 are still in existence.
(B) of which number, 7 of the 15 are still, to date, in existence.
(C) of the number 15, 7, to date, are still in existence.
(D) to date of these 15, 7 are still in existence.
(E) to date, 7 of the 15 are still in existence.

There was another thread here in the forum, but like the gmat club test explanation, it too didn't really explain what the problem was with. Anyone who could help?
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Hello mahendru1992

I'm glad to help.

First of all, please see underline the question :-D
Secondly, do NOT forget the colon ":" in the non-underlined portion.
A is wrong at first sign if you know the rule that we NEVER use a colon before "which", we use ONLY a comma.

This process resulted in a total of 15 new townships: of which, to date, 7 are still in existence.

(A) of which, to date, 7 are still in existence.
Wrong. Never use a colon before "which".

(B) of which number, 7 of the 15 are still, to date, in existence.
Wrong. Same error as in A.

(C) of the number 15, 7, to date, are still in existence.
Wrong. "of the number 15" is awkward.

(D) to date of these 15, 7 are still in existence.
Wrong. "to date of these" is awkward.

(E) to date, 7 of the 15 are still in existence.
Correct. Clear and concise.

Hope it helps.
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Hello mahendru1992

I'm glad to help.

First of all, please see underline the question :-D
Secondly, do NOT forget the colon ":" in the non-underlined portion.
A is wrong at first sign if you know the rule that we NEVER use a colon before "which", we use ONLY a comma.

This process resulted in a total of 15 new townships: of which, to date, 7 are still in existence.

(A) of which, to date, 7 are still in existence.
Wrong. Never use a colon before "which".

(B) of which number, 7 of the 15 are still, to date, in existence.
Wrong. Same error as in A.

(C) of the number 15, 7, to date, are still in existence.
Wrong. "of the number 15" is awkward.

(D) to date of these 15, 7 are still in existence.
Wrong. "to date of these" is awkward.

(E) to date, 7 of the 15 are still in existence.
Correct. Clear and concise.

Hope it helps.

Thanks pqhai, I'll keep this rule in mind :)
But could you tell me why we can't use which after a colon?
P.S I'll be careful about the underlining
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Thanks pqhai, I'll keep this rule in mind :)
But could you tell me why we can't use which after a colon?
P.S I'll be careful about the underlining


Hello Mahendru1992

The colon (:) provides further explanation for what comes before it. For example, you can use a colon to equate a list with its components. It means you can understand the sentence even when it doesn't come with the portion after the colon. For this question, if you ignore the portion after the colon, the intended meaning will be not clear.

Furthermore, we never use a colon (:) before a relative clause that begins with "which", for instance. The only connecting punctuation we can use is the comma. Simply, that's the rule.

Hope it helps.
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Hi mahendru1992,

Thank you for your question. This is a tricky one, but the main problem with has to do with redundancy.

The sentence is contrasting two things: how many townships were formed (15) vs. how many still exist (7). Since the sentence starts the comparison by telling you there are 15 townships to begin with, you don't need to repeat that number later on. By repeating the number 15, it can be overly wordy and confusing to readers.

Since all of the answers except A repeat the number 15, which is redundant, A is the correct answer.

Also, to answer concerns about the colon:
The colon is being used in this sentence to show a stark break or contrast. I understand that we don't typically use it after the word "which," but in this case it's more of a stylistic choice to visually show contrast in information. So for now, let's ignore the colon issue, especially because it's not underlined anyway.

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